Tuck Everlasting

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: +2

In this turn of the century live-action adventure, adapted from the award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, Alexis Bledel of TVs Gilmore Girls stars as Winnie Foster. Following her strict mothers (Amy Irving) wishes to attend finishing school means tom-boy Winnie will soon leave the town of TreeGap and the woods that surround her home. Running away from the stifling atmosphere of her house, Winnie gets lost in the woods and meets Jesse Tuck (Jonathan Jackson), a 17-year-old-boy unlike any shes met before. However, Jessess brother Miles (Scott Bairstow) takes her home as a prisoner to meet their parents (John Hurt, Sissy Spacek). The Tucks treat Winnie kindly but she soon learns their surprising secret. And Winnies disappearance makes her parents frantic with worry. A man in a yellow suit (Ben Kingsley) also seeking the Tucks and their secret, offers to find Winnie as well. Winnie must soon make a choice whether to join the Tucks and keep their secret or forget shes ever seen Jesse. Younger audiences will get restless, but pre-teens and older will enjoy Winnies adventure in the woods.

The story carries some interesting discussion about the idea of immortality. As Father Tuck comments, its not all the preachers crack it up to be. However, he talks about an earthly immortality rather than a heavenly after-life. He wisely tells Winnie to not be afraid of dying, but says instead, she should fear not living a full life. Tuck also makes references to the circle or cycle of life but no particular religious views are spoken. However, several Bible passages are read at the funeral of Winnies grandmother. Although the film is refreshingly free of foul language, several scenes involve scuffles and shootings. The shootings are relatively bloodless, but a hit over the head proves fatal. With a warning about some violent scenes, TUCK EVERLASTING can be enjoyed by pre-teens and older and may generate some interesting discussion points with parents.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Buena Vista (Disney); 500 S. Buena Vista Blvd., Burbank, CA 91521

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Once Exclamatory (OMG)

Violence: Several time Mild and moderate (Flashback of boy falling from tree/ ineffective gunshots at horse, house burned, men scuffle, man thrown out of saloon, men shot in battle, gun threat, man fatally hit on head, men shot, woman dies in sleep)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity Few times (Teenage girl undresses for night corset removed, teenagers swim in long underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Few times (alcohol and beer in saloon, cigar smoked)

Other: Comparison of immortality and normal life, discussion of cycle of living, advice to live life rather than fear death, Bible quoted at funeral, man wants to determine who deserves immortality, daughter begins to better understand her mother

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 12 and older

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